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Reserves alone cannot stop biodiversity collapse

Reserves alone cannot stop biodiversity collapse

Posted Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:34:37 GMT by Martin Leggett

It's time to ditch the one-strand policy of habitat protection, and move towards reining in human numbers and consumption as well. That's the radical conclusion from a paper published by a pair of respected ecologists in Marine Ecology Progress Series today. A broad review of a century of developing 'protected areas' has shown only local success, with a continuing crash in biodiversity worldwide, the authors say.

Reserves alone cannot stop biodiversity collapse

Tiger's death highlights concerns

Tiger's death highlights concerns

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:51:00 GMT by John Dean

It comes to something for a species when the death of a single animal can represent a disaster - but that's what has happed in Indonesia. The concern about the recent death of the Sumatran Tiger indicates wider concerns for a species that is now down to just 400 in the wild.

Tiger's death highlights concerns

Mapping mangroves aids conservation of valuable habitats

Mapping mangroves aids conservation of valuable habitats

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:21:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Scientists use remote sensing to determine the best method of monitoring mangrove habitats. Mangroves are particularly good at reducing coastal erosion by providing a buffer against the effects of waves, currents and flooding.

Mapping mangroves aids conservation of valuable habitats

New framework helps relocation of species threatened by climate change

New framework helps relocation of species threatened by climate change

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:39:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

A new decision-making framework is providing hope for maintaining biodiversity through shifting species that are affected by climate change. Many species today are struggling to cope with the Earth's rapidly changing climate. As a result biodiversity managers are faced with a major decision on when, if ever, to relocate these species to ensure their survival.

New framework helps relocation of species threatened by climate change

Our favourite fish under threat says new study

Our favourite fish under threat says new study

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The fish on which we most rely are under threat of extinction says a new survey of scombrids, which include mackerel and tuna - overfishing, pollution and destruction of ocean habitat is the cause say the compilers of the Red List of Threatened Species.

Our favourite fish under threat says new study

Trade in snakes, macaques, sharks out of control, CITES affirms

Trade in snakes, macaques, sharks out of control, CITES affirms

Posted Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:19:01 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

CITES convention examines effects of trade on at-risk species like long-tailed macaques, sharks, and several snake species. Unsustainable wildlife trade not only devastates local ecosystems, it also causes great suffering to individual animals and can introduce invasive species that damage ecosystems abroad.

Trade in snakes, macaques, sharks out of control, CITES affirms

International Whaling Commission 2011 annual meeting assessment

International Whaling Commission 2011 annual meeting assessment

Posted Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:09:00 GMT by John Dean

Now that the dust has settled after the recent annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), it is possible to assess the outcome and see who the winners and losers are. The biggest losers do appear to be the whales of the Southern Atlantic ocean.

International Whaling Commission 2011 annual meeting assessment

Conservation without borders - the future of global conservation initiatives

Conservation without borders - the future of global conservation initiatives

Posted Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:50:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Cross-country conservation is the key to successful wildlife preservation. A new publication shows that conservation is most effective when it is carried out collaboratively, across country borders. Conservation projects involving neighbouring countries increase the benefits to wildlife and bring help to conserve large areas of natural habitats.

Conservation without borders - the future of global conservation initiatives

Campaign to save anti-whaling ship

Campaign to save anti-whaling ship

Posted Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:59:00 GMT by Laura Brown

NGO needs to raise $1million to free ship detained as part of ongoing legal action. Marine conservationist activists, Sea Shepherd, have launched a social media campaign to help raise a $1 million plus bond to free their ship at the heart of a UK lawsuit.

Campaign to save anti-whaling ship

Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 04:48:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

Kenya has stepped up effort to conserve heavily depleted forests and boost cover from the current two to ten percent. The government through the Ministry of forestry has underscored the importance of working together with communities living around forests to conserve and restore forests.

Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling; Sea Shepherd to resume whale defence

Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling; Sea Shepherd to resume whale defence

Posted Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:14:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

The Japanese have officially announced that they will return to the Southern Ocean to continue whaling, and now Sea Shepherd are preparing to battle once more. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been battling hard against this barbarism by the Japanese whalers and sees this as simply one more battle to be fought.

Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling; Sea Shepherd to resume whale defence

'Kings of the hill' vital for sculpting healthy ecosystems

'Kings of the hill' vital for sculpting healthy ecosystems

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The 'apex consumers' of the living world - the lions and tigers and bears, not to mention whales - play an often overlooked role in shaping the ecosystem they sit at the top of. A new review in Science out today, from 24 ecologists, points to the dramatic effects that the weakening of those at the top of the food chain can have - and calls for a new approach that values the conservation of the 'kings of the hill'.

'Kings of the hill' vital for sculpting healthy ecosystems

Hand over forests for better management

Hand over forests for better management

Posted Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:44:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A conference says Indonesia is losing out because of its failure to give proper land rights to its forest-dwelling citizens. In Indonesia, communities have rights to less than one percent of the country's forest land.

Hand over forests for better management

IWC should have whale conservation as priority - WWF

IWC should have whale conservation as priority - WWF

Posted Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:57:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

With the 63rd annual meeting of the IWC ongoing this week, the WWF has issued a call for the badly-split international organization to reform itself - and put the conservation of whales as its top priority. Threats from oil-and-gas exploration, ship strikes and noise pollution can - and should be tackled - whilst member nations remain deadlocked over whaling.

IWC should have whale conservation as priority - WWF

Bluefin tuna at 'risk of collapse' without drastic action

Bluefin tuna at 'risk of collapse' without drastic action

Posted Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

The first comprehensive assessment of tuna and billfish has put 5 of 8 tuna species on the Red List for threatened or endangered animals – and the IUCN is warning that Bluefin tuna are particularly vulnerable to vanishing, without the closure of fisheries. The report, out today in Science puts part of the blame on the higher prices of the remaining numbers of tuna and marlin.

Bluefin tuna at 'risk of collapse' without drastic action

Save horseshoe crabs to save the red knot argues scientist

Save horseshoe crabs to save the red knot argues scientist

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:19:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A tiny sea bird is reliant on the health of an American crab's breeding ground new research proves, meaning it's time to act on one to save the other. The horseshoe crab is used by fisherman as bait to catch other sea creatures and its blood is used by drug companies which prize its clotting ability.

Save horseshoe crabs to save the red knot argues scientist

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Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Posted Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Posted Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rare cats can be counted

Posted Sat, 02 Jan 2016 10:41:08 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Posted Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Having a whale of a time

Posted Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:41:33 GMT by Paul Robinson

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance

Posted Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:39:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Posted Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:14:25 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cuban crocodile gets a lift !

Posted Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:22:41 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The future of Australia's conservation efforts?

Posted Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:36:17 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Gill rakers demand threatens manta and mobula rays

Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Peregrines produce despite vandals and egg stealers

Posted Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:18:42 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Good news for wildlife in Afghanistan

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:58:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Reptiles finished off by habitat loss and so-called 'harvesting'

Posted Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:44:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rhino poaching crisis in Africa 'worst in decades'

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:03:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Britain's Mistletoe Under Threat

Posted Thu, 09 Dec 2010 08:50:00 GMT by Emma McNeil

Extant or Extinct

Posted Thu, 08 Dec 2011 13:28:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rare crocodile increasing with grassroots conservation

Posted Tue, 13 May 2014 14:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We may witness the end of the Canadian seal trade

Posted Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:21:58 GMT by Dave Collier

The magnificent meanderings of Lightning McQueen

Posted Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:05:58 GMT by Martin Leggett